Hers to Hold


1h 34m 1943

Film Details

Also Known As
Three Smart Girls Join Up
Release Date
Jul 16, 1943
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Universal Pictures Company, Inc.
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures Company, Inc.
Country
United States
Location
Burbank, California, United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 34m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
8,487ft

Synopsis

Friends Bill Morley and Rosey Blake both spy debutante Penelope Craig at an American Red Cross blood drive and are attracted. Bill, a playboy flyer, pretends to be a doctor in order to meet Penny and get her address and phone number for his "little black book." That night, Bill and Rosey crash Penny's parents' anniversary party at the Craigs' home, and to get even, Penny exposes Bill's deception by introducing him to some old family friends: hypochondriac Mrs. Cartwright and physician Dr. Crane. Before he leaves her parents' home, however, Bill kisses Penny, and she immediately falls in love with him. Penny then follows Bill to a Burbank nightclub, which is near the Vega Aircraft factory where Bill and Rosey work on the assembly lines. Later, Penny and Bill go to the beach, and Bill tells her that she should not get involved with him, as he is not the domestic type and is merely waiting for his papers to join the Air Force. Not to be dissuaded, Penny gets a job at the aircraft factory, and when she is unable to find Bill in the giant plant, she performs a song at lunch to attract his attention. That night, while the Craigs are screening home movies, Bill comes over to their house and tells Penny that he has gotten his orders. They try to break up, but quickly discover that they have fallen in love and decide to spend what little time he has left in the United States together. Just before Bill is about to leave for overseas duty, however, Hannah Gordon, one of Penny's friends at the factory, learns that her flyer husband has been shot down over the Pacific. Penny then goes to her father Judson and asks him to use his influence to keep Bill at the aircraft factory. Judson refuses and tells Penny that it is her duty to support Bill's induction into the military. Penny then returns to the factory to learn that Bill has decided to end their relationship. Later, Bill tells Rosey that he ended his romance with Penny to spare her the pain he saw Hannah suffer. Rosey then goes to the Craig home and tries to give Penny a note, telling her that Bill really loves her, but Judson has ordered Binns, the family butler, not to allow either Bill or Rosey in the house. Penny receives the note, however, and races to the airport in time to say goodbye to Bill. When he tells her that he is still worried about her, Penny, paraphrasing Hannah, replies that "if he flies 'em, then she'll build 'em."

Cast

Deanna Durbin

Penelope Craig

Joseph Cotten

Bill Morley

Charles Winninger

Judson Craig

Ludwig Stossel

Binns

Nella Walker

Dorothy Craig

Gus Schilling

Rosey Blake

Samuel S. Hinds

Doctor Crane

Evelyn Ankers

Flo

Fay Helm

Hannah Gordon

Iris Adrian

Arlene

Murray Alper

Foreman

Douglas Wood

Mr. Cartwright

Minna Phillips

Mrs. Cartwright

Nydia Westman

Nurse Willing

Irving Bacon

Doctor Bacon

Leon Belasco

Orchestra leader

Jody Gilbert

Babe

Alice Talton

Hazel

Joseph Bernard

Mr. Kitnacker

Fay Holderness

Mrs. Kitnacker

Vangie Beilby

Mrs. Sanderson

Marie Harmon

Ella Mae

William Davidson

Alfred

Ruth Lee

Miss Crawford

Virginia Sale

Personnel woman

James Bush

Bomber captain

George Chandler

Soldier

Sarah Edwards

Graduate nurse

Eddie Dunn

Reporter

Eddy Chandler

Reporter

Charles Sherlock

Reporter

Phil Warren

Reporter

Eddie Acuff

Photographer

Cyril Ring

Photographer

Jack Gardner

Photographer

Billy Young

Photographer

Billy Nelson

Worker

Harry Tyler

Sailor Sam

Henry Roquemore

Guest

Gary Bruce

Crew member

Billy Wayne

Coast guardsman

George O'hanlon

Coast guardsman

Dot Farley

Wife of soldier

Janet Shaw

Switchboard girl

Jack Mulhall

Officer

Ernie Adams

Father

Bobby Barber

Waiter

Jerry Mandy

Waiter

Evelyn Wahl

Jeanne

Spec O'donnell

William Morley

Carl Vernell

Pilot

Teddy Infuhr

Joey

Charles Moore

Chauffeur

Polly Bailey

Grey lady

Jennifer Holt

Girl

Buster Brodie

Popcorn man

Larry Mcgrath

Bartender

Bob Perry

Bartender

Heinie Conklin

Little man

Charles Shrader

Captain

Dora Baker

Old lady

Bill Sloan

Crew member

Film Details

Also Known As
Three Smart Girls Join Up
Release Date
Jul 16, 1943
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Universal Pictures Company, Inc.
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures Company, Inc.
Country
United States
Location
Burbank, California, United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 34m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
8,487ft

Award Nominations

Best Song

1943

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

The working title of this film was Three Smart Girls Join Up. According to a March 1942 Hollywood Reporter news item, Universal's London office purchased a story by that title from Derek Bolton, a flyer with the RAF. Bolton is not credited onscreen or in reviews, however, and his contribution to the completed film has not been confirmed. Three Smart Girls Join Up was then slated to begin production in May 1942, but it was shelved until January 1943, when Universal announced that it had renamed the project Hers to Hold. This was the third and final film in Universal's "Three Smart Girls" series, which began in 1936 with Three Smart Girls and was followed in 1939 by Three Smart Girls Grow Up (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40; F3.4623 and F3.4624). While actors Deanna Durbin, Charles Winninger and Nella Walker reprised their roles as "Penelope, Judson and Dorothy Craig," characters "Kay and Joan Craig," the two eldest daughters, were dropped for the final entry in the series.
       Actor Joseph Cotten was borrowed by Universal from David O. Selznick for the film, and according to Hollywood Reporter, this was one of nine projects offered to Cotten at that time. According to Universal press information, portions of the film were shot on location at the Vega Aircraft Factory in Burbank, CA. These scenes were shot on Sundays, so that filming would not interfere with the plant workers' regular schedule. Press information also states that Deanna Durbin actually gave blood during the filming of the blood bank sequence. The home movie sequence in the picture is made up of footage from previous Universal Deanna Durbin films, including Three Smart Girls, Three Smart Girls Grow Up, Mad About Music and It's a Date (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40; F3.2185, F3.2637, F3.4623 and F3.4624). Hollywood Reporter news items include Mary Treen in the cast, but her appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. The song "Say a Prayer for the Boys Over There" by Jimmy McHugh and Herb Magidson was nominated for an Academy Award in the category of Best Song, but lost to "You'll Never Know" by Harry Warren and Mack Gordon from the Twentieth Century-Fox film Hello Frisco, Hello (see entry above). According to modern sources, Hers to Hold was one of the top moneymaking films of 1943.